[singlepic=141,320,240,watermark,left]This evening was spent off the beach in Tuwanek working out some things with the new pieces for my camera. The dive plan was to head down to the octopus den to see if our big boy was still home, and then to slowly work our way up the slop to shallow water.
Sure enough as we arrived at the den area, our boy was home…so we took a couple of images, and then made the turn to head up the slop. Along the way we found some interesting fish and crabs to take pictures of as we passed along.
Visibility was easily 70 – 100 foot right from the shore down to depth. Overall a great dive!!
So, there I was out in Tuwanek doing and Underwater Navigators course with a student….so I had to include a trip to my favourite Octopus den. Guess who was home!! That is right he is back! I have not been able to find him over the past 2 weeks…and I was there just Wednesday and nothing.[singlepic=118,320,240,watermark,right]
So, if you want to find yourself a nice big Pacific Octopus…be sure to visit the left island in Tuwanek…I am sure you will not be disappointed!!
[singlepic=131,320,240,watermark,left]Another excellent weekend spent out on the Sechelt Inlet visiting all the great dive sites the inlet has to offer. Saturday had the charter on a three tank dive day, with the first dive on the Chaudiere, where for some it was the very first time on the wreck. It is always nice having the first timers…as the cheer after the dive is amazing.
Dive two had us down on the Tzoonie Narrows for a drift dive, which for some, was not as enjoyable as they thought it maybe. The tide was on the ebb, so we dropped the three groups in bay side of the narrows, up on the wall, so they could have a good long drift. The worse case should have been a 2.8 knot dirft right at the top of the tide, but we arrived about an hour before slack…so it should bee perfect.[singlepic=129,320,240,watermark,right]
Once we had the divers out of the water from that dive, we put the peddle to the metal in order to get back to Pipers so we could get our third dive in. Pipers was a rewarding dive, as finally we were able to show Nancy an octopus…so all is good!!
Great day diving, good dive group….here is hoping we get to dive together again!!
[singlepic=124,320,240,watermark,left]Today was spent out on the charter with Steve. With just the two of us on the boat it was a dream. Suiting up was so simple, not need to rush, or lift 5 – 6 tanks, I simply got ready at the same time he did. We were at 9 mile point, and I was in search of the illusive Northern Spearnose Poacher which I happened across the last time I was at 9 mile, but of course I did not have my camera with me.
Today however, I did not have any luck in finding this guy…though I did run into another Giant Pacific [singlepic=125,320,240,watermark,right]Octopus, which was two for me. Though Jeremy and Andrew still hold the record of three octopus on one dive. I was also able to capture some pictures of a Tube dwelling anemone, and many decorator crabs.
Dive two had us down to Tuwanek Point, on the sail boat dive, where we lucked out and ran into a huge Lions Mane jelly fish, though I think it had seen better days, it was very impressive never the less.
Conditions today were a little overcast and light rain, the water temp has cooled off on the surface where it is down to 60 degrees, and the water temp at depth is in the 54 – 55 range. The visibility was any where from 5 ft – to 60 ft depending what depth you are at.
[singlepic=119,320,240,watermark,left]After 2 days off, and another day as charter operator, I just had to get into the water. Sure enough, the shop had not even been closed for 20 minutes, and I was already in the water enjoying a fun dive down in Tuwanek.
I quickly descended down to 60 – 70 feet, following the wall on the left island around until I spotted the descent line on the mooring buoy. Right in that general area, there is a large slab of rock and there he was, a Giant Pacific Octopus.
Great dive…even if it was a quicky!! 🙂
[singlepic=97,320,240,watermark,left]Sunday had me leading a dive charter with three divers, two from Vancouver, and one from Thunder Bay Ont. Our first dive was up at 9 mile point. I went to anchor in the little bay, and proceeded down the wall and around the corner. In about 40 feet of water, just near the point, I found a lovely Giant Pacific Octopus, in his/her den. Very beautiful. The rest of the dive was rather pale in comparison, though I did come across a big colony of Shaggy mouse Nudibrandts.
Dive two was spent on the HMCS CHAUDIERE, though I do dive it a lot, I never really get tired of it. On this occasion I was to be treated to a lovely experience…..I had an encounter with a young Harbor Seal. I was waiting at the bottom of the 70 foot line for the other divers to make it down, and there to my right this seal was sitting there looking at me, wondering why I was there. My friend stayed with me throughout the dive, it was really amazing!
Looking to dive the Chaud, be sure to visit Suncoast Diving to book your charter!!